Wednesday, October 26

Teeth Movie Review

 This movie came out in 2007, even though not a straight out horror movie, it is still a movie that has plenty of gore. Dawn (the brilliant Jess Weixler) starts out as a teen speaker for abstinence and has a purity ring. She lives with her mom and step dad and evil step brother. Brad (Nip/Tuck's John Hensley) starts out like a bad person, someone who resents his step-mother, who actually wanted his father to cut him some slack. Of course things go wrong, Dawn was born with teeth in her Vagina and never knew. She later finds out about the myth of Vagina Detana. As soon as she meets Toby, its love t first sight, they want to act on their urges but try to suppress it but eventually get to the point where they are about to have sex in a cave. Dawn has second thoughts and he aggressively pushes her on a rock, knocking her semi-unconscious. When he proceeds to rape her, her teeth come out and bite off his penis. She leaves and when she returns tot he scene, she finds out that his jeep is still there, his bit-off penis has a crab on it and he died, probably because of blood loss and shock.

Dawn gets plenty of bulling and harassing from kids at school, which I think is a bum-wrap. I wish there was one movie that had teenagers with purity rings and Chasity and didn't end up loosing it before marriage and breaking their pledge. I am as liberal as you can get but it is totally true that Hollywood and indie movies don't show the positive side of teenage virginity. I didn't do it on purpose but I remained a virgin through high school and it wasn't bad. Anyway, Dawn's mom gets really sick and her brother Brad doesn't seem to do a thing about it. Dawn takes her to the hospital. Her dad sends her home but home sucks with brad and his girlfriend fighting. Dawn freaks out and goes to this other boy Ryan, a loser who wanted to be with her. She tells him about the teeth, he doesn't believe her but seduces her with pills and ends up having sex with her, sans teeth. She is so happy that the next day she has sex with him again and finds out mid-coitus, the asshole has the audacity to admit he had a bet he could bang her on the phone with a friend. 

So she learns to use her 'adaption' for revenge and cuts his off, but he doesn't die, he goes to the hospital to have it re-attached. My favorite line in the movie: "Some Hero." Dawn then goes to the hospital to see her mom and finds out she died. Dawn's step-dad Bill goes home and kicks Brad out, Brad sicks his dog Mother on him. Bill and Brad's girlfriend are found by Dawn at the hospital and she finds out Brad knew her mom was in danger and didn't do anything and also what Brad did to Bill so she goes back home determined. She seduces him, since before he flirted with her and said he always loved her, in a lustful way. He knew she bit him but then realizes that it wasn't with her mouth teeth. When he is inside of her, he figures it out but it is too late, his penis is gone. Dawn gets off the bed and drops it on the floor and his dog eats it. She leaves him crying in pain. Dawn hitchhikes and ends up with an evil old man asking for sex. She just smiles.

Great movie, a great study and great performance by Jess. But it is not a movie for those teenagers with purity rings, it might freak out teenage girls that no nothing about sex. It is more for people who have had sex and know more about the world. A vagina is nothing to be afraid of, even though that might be the movie's intent, it might get misconstrued by younger audiences. As for the gore: we see cut off penises, we see blood, and we see men with bloody stumps. As for nudity: We see her breasts, we see Toby's butt, some random guy butts, and three detached synthetic penises (not before) and we see no vagina, we just see one detached tooth. I like that she becomes more powerful and it is about growing up. Other reviewers say that this movie challenges gender norms and I don't see that way, I see it crossing a line in the sand between the binary because basically every man Dawn has sex with, looses their penis or in the case of her va-jay-jay doctor--his fingers. Now, does the message say that all men are bad? No, I mean, her step-dad is a nice guy and a sympathetic character. It is a fun watch and funny, maybe or maybe not on purpose. I think it is on purpose but it is not ha-ha funny, it's a dark humor.

Thursday, October 20

Anya is another Fourth in Project Runway History

Anya not going to the final three is s sad.. what? no! She is going too? Yes! They have done fours before. Josh of course had to have a problem with it, I swear everything he said in the show was hilarious but not on purpose on his part.

Saturday, October 15

Toys R Us beats most big Toy Store Chains

  K·B Toys
 K·B Toys (previously known as Kay Bee Toys) was a chain of mall-based retail toy stores in the United States. I remember liking to go into this store in malls, they sold things more expensive than Toys R Us but had sales, that were cheaper than them. It was founded in 1922 by the Kaufman brothers. K·B operated 605 stores in 44 U.S. states, Puerto Rico as well as Guam. Following the company's second bankruptcy in five years, the chain was liquidated beginning in December 2008. Toys R Us acquired the remains of K·B Toys in 2009, consisting mainly of its website, trademarks, and intellectual property rights.

FAO Schwarz
FAO Schwarz was founded in 1862 under the name Toy Bazaar by German immigrant Frederick August Otto Schwarz, in Baltimore, where he and his brothers retailed toys from a fancy-goods store. Additional locations of Toy Bazaar followed in Philadelphia and Boston. Shortly after its business peak in 2000, the company faced financial failure. Vendex put the 42-store chain up for sale. In 2001, The Right Start Company bought 23 of the 42 stores. The other 19 unsold stores were immediately closed. In 2002 the Right Start Inc. changed its corporate name to FAO Inc. operating stores under The Right Start, Zany Brainy and FAO Schwarz names. In 2003, FAO Inc. filed for bankruptcy, emerging from bankruptcy in April 2003. The company filed for bankruptcy a 2nd time in 2003. In 2009 Toys "R" Us acquired FAO Schwarz for an undisclosed price. As a result of the acquisition, Macy's closed the FAO Schwarz shops in its stores. Toys "R" Us planned to continue operating FAO Schwarz's retail store in New York in the GM Building.

 Lionel Kiddie City
Lionel Kiddie City was an American Toy store under the ownership of Lionel Corp.. By the early 1980s, Lionel operated some 150 stores, under the names Toy City, Lionel Kiddie City, Lionel Playworld, Lionel Toy Warehouse, and Lionel Toy Town. For a time it was the second-largest toy store chain in the United States. Lionel ran into financial trouble during the early 1980s recession and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 1982. The Lionel trademarks were purchased by Richard Kughn, a Detroit real estate magnate who had bought the Lionel product line from General Mills in 1986.The mascot was a Kangaroo, compared to Geoffry the giraffe mascot of TRU.

I live in Miami and remember it mostly as Playworld and I remember it being as big as Toys R Us.

 Toys R Us had a store chain that no longer operating independently as of 2003, Kids "R" Us sold children's clothing. Kids "R" Us stores now are co-branded with some Toys "R" Us stores, located inside most Toys "R" Us locations. Kids "R" Us is also the brand name label of kids' clothing found at the Geoffrey Stores. As we all know Babies R Us still exist and some co-exist with Toys R Us. I remember going to Kids R Us and it wasn't that great.

Most, if not all, of these 90 stores were opened in vacant shopping center and mall spaces that had been vacated by various store chains closing their doors during the recession (including KB Toys locations, several of which were taken over by Toys "R" Us). Toys "R" Us' original plan was to keep the Holiday Express stores open until early January 2010 and close them shortly thereafter, but the success of many of them prompted the company to reconsider and several were kept open. These stores are now branded "Toys "R" Us Express".  Beginning in June 2010, Toys "R" Us began opening more Express locations nationwide, with 600 stores eventually opening. In addition to those 600 stores, four Express locations were converted to Toys "R" Us Outlet stores.

Wednesday, October 12

Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series

Now you can relive the adventures of Jem and The Holograms and their archrivals, The Misfits and The Stingers, in this first-ever complete collector's edition DVD box set. All 65 episodes of the hit series are included, accompanied by an exclusive bonus disc of brand-new and archival material rarely seen.

Mantequilla in South Park

In the new South Park episode, Butters is hit on the head and thinks he is a Mexican Immigrant and taken in by a white family. He calls himself Manti-key-ya and I know Spanish and it took me 15 minutes to realize that Trey and Matt were saying 'Mantequilla' which means Butter in Spanish.

Mad at "Man Up"

"Man Up" has been an expression for five years or maybe more, I thought it would die down like 'For sizzle my nizzle' or 'hinky' but apparently not. Even 'Metrosexual' has died down. But I think the word 'Man Up' has to do more as a revenge or revolt over Metrosexuals, Gay Marriage and supposed feminine man take over. I don't like 'Man up' because it is unnecessary, I know 'Man up' can be broken up to mean 'step up, show some courage.' But when I hear 'Man up,' I think about stereotypical behavior such as playing football, burping, butt scratching, being masognistic and stupidity. Also, that if someone tells you 'man up' that you (as a man) are acting feminine, like eating low-fat foods, waxing eyebrows, etc. and that is bad and should stop. Dr. Pepper 10 is no girls allowed, supposedly, it has 10 calories and it is for men. I think it is a revolt against the notion that men have 'soften up' and need something 'manly' like a ManWhich or a ManMeal. I also don't like the terms ManDate, ManScaping or ManPurse. Hopefully the new ABC sitcom "Man Up!" will be the recently canceled sitcom. (The promo below shows them drinking drinks that are probably considered feminine just because they are bright, colorful and fruity.) I recently tried Dr. Pepper 10 and it is like Pepsi Zero, not as great as the original.

Thursday, October 6

Project Runway After the Show

After the Show is a new 30-minute show after Project Runway, which isn't as great as the other behind-the-scenes shows. Joshua personally attacked Laura (season 3) came as a blogger and interviewer. This was obviously staged and more staged before others. Joshua even calls this out (saying she was being nice to the others and not , he even threatens her saying it is not a pleasant meeting. The interviewer blonde lady tried settling it but Joshua didn't look that happy. Joshua runs out before the others at the end, predictably. I like what Laura said because it was true. I was surprised that Laura didn't appear and that they didn't mention where she was, I suppose she wasn't a focus in the episode. It is true that viewers are to make Joshua into a villain and it looks like that in the episode, a seriously disturbed little child who doesn't know how to even rebuttal appropriately (I'm not hiding behind the computer). And yes, I would say this in his face. He is not a needle in a haystack, he is just another piece of hay, reminding me of many other gay men like him. I liked what Viktor said about being gay but it felt a bit like an excuse. Young Gay men got to stop being Joshuas and start being Viktors. If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Anya dealt with criticism better.

Tuesday, October 4

Glee Season 3 Episode 3 Review

The third episode of the third season concentrates on Rachel vs. Mercedes but also on Mike Chang, we find out he is Michael Chang Jr., his dad is Michael Chang Senior. Finally Mike gets a focus episode and Harry Shum Jr. can handle it. We always think he is just a quiet dancer, but we find out he was the pretty much stereotypical Asian dad that wants him to be a doctor or something like that, and make A's and stop dancing. But his mom, who at first we think will be against him, is actually on his side, wish she was as brave as him, which I can comprehend as my parents have told me I'm braver than them in some respects. It was definitely a stronger episode than last week. I still think that they had gone too fast Quinn----making her normal again, they should had left her 'bad girl' in three more weeks. And that black football player Shane that is now Mercedes' boyfriend influences her in a bad way, making her rebel against Glee. 

I guess Mercedes has to take Quinn's place and only one bad girl is allowed. Mercedes has vengeance against Mr. Shue for codling Rachael instead of her. On the other side, Will thinks that Emma is ashamed of him in front of his parents, but she is ashamed of them as they are Ginger supremacists. And we learn the roots of Emma's condition and the mother wonders where she got it from. Will calls her parents out on making fun of her OCD. Ginger Supremacists is so Ryan Murphy. Kurt takes the high road from last week, giving Blaine flowers for his audition and not letting it get to him, Blaine ends up winning the role but anyway still looks pained. I still feel Blaine looks out of place in the Glee group, too hot and built for the mismatch team. An episode with praying and young gay love and a hot Asian is a BIG ASIAN A+ to me! Mercedes acts true to character and so does Rachel, but Mercedes' points come out more vibrant. Next week? Santana and Mercedes join the new Glee Group by Rachel's mom.

Sunday, October 2

Is it me or Melissa McCarthy played the same Bridesmaids character on SNL?

Last night Melissa McCarthy hosted Saturday Night Live, and I watched it online now, and almost every skit she played a similar character and much like the character she played on Bridesmaids. And many of the skits had her doing gross stuff, which I don't see them having Scarlett Joshanan doing.